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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Morning take: Matt Birk or Andre Gurode?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC North: Morning take: Birk says he's healthy, which puts him in line to start Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gurode needs to learn the scheme and get his feet under him. But Gurode is younger and could eventually be the starter.
Morning take: You can't find a more intense start for either team. Baltimore will be fired up after getting knocked out by Pittsburgh recently in the playoffs. Here is a poll on who AFC North fans think will win the game.
Morning take: Left guard is the biggest question. You forget how important Eric Steinbach (back) is to the team until he's out for the season.
Morning take: Benson was wise to get his legal issues behind him before the start of the season. He will be a big part of the Bengals' offense this season and now has a clear head.